I am torn between being impressed and dismayed, between thinking this is a leap in the right direction to thinking that the people who have designed this have not a clue what they are doing; between applauding the liberating of police data to castigating the fact that data without context and provenance cannot be treated as information.
First the positives.
- Innovation and development in public services require monetary investment and risks to be taken. It requires people in power to say `yes' to ideas rather than the safe 'no'. It is the way improvements and advances are made.
- Even though there are many problems with this site I think it should be seen leap in the right direction because it signals the acceptance of an underlying principle that the public have a right to know, in detail, what police are doing in their area through medium of police collected data.
- Connected with that is treating the public as grown up people who are capable of dealing with the harsh realities of life. This should lead to an understanding what the police know about the policing problems in the area thus enabling a more informed partnership between police and the public to tackle those problems.
I will leave the negatives which are fundamental and numerous until next time.